Chapter 6. Mashing in External Services

As the Internet has grown, more and more innovative web-based applications have appeared that leverage the public APIs of cloud-based services. Nowadays, travel sites provide flight listings from airline booking systems, hotel listings from various hotel reservation systems, car rentals from rental companies, and tickets to popular tourist attractions from various entertainment venues all in a single, easy-to-use web-based application tailored to provide a totally new experience to the end user.

Being able to leverage cloud-based services in your application can present users with new advantages by providing functionality at a reduced cost both in terms of development time and hosting services. Cloud-based ...

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